Private detention facilities in Ohio, New Mexico and Texas may soon be used to house undocumented immigrants, despite an announcement by the Washington-based U.S. Justice Department in August to phase out its use of private prisons. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) is currently seeking to house approximately 5,000 additional undocumented individuals, as the movement of immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border is expected to increase in the coming weeks and months.
Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest owner of partnership correctional and detention facilities, announced on Aug. 31 that it has acquired four community corrections facilities for approximately $13.5 million.
The Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest owner of partnership correctional and detention facilities, has agreed to finance, design, build and operate a 2,552-bed correctional facility in Trousdale County, Tenn.
While public employees in the prison sector are sweating it out, hoping they don’t lose the perpetual game of budget bingo being played out across the country, the private prison industry that houses illegal immigrants has been flourishing.
Ohio is expected to save more than $13 million with the changes put in place to consolidate and privatize its correctional facilities. Three Ohio state prisons have a change in management or operations as part of a consolidation and privatization effort by Gov. John Kasich.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction made changes in the ownership and operation of five prisons, saving the state an estimated $13 million annually and adding an additional 702 beds throughout Ohio’s prison system.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A small group of politically influential companies could be awarded a contract worth millions of dollars in a legislative effort to privatize Florida’sprisonhealthcare services, according to reports.